Maier Time: Masters, Sushi and is Ernie Els really from Iowa?

Masters Sunday is the best Sunday in all of Sunday’s.

Sorry, God.

I’m not a fan of Sergio Garcia and I wanted to see the curse  — if that’s what you want to call it — go on for the rest of his career.

But after cheering against him for the whole day, heck, the whole week, I was happy for him.

So, congrats Mr. Garcia on beating Justin Rose in 73 holes but I have a bone to pick with both of you.

I’m a big fan of sportsmanship, and even though I had no problem with Rose tweeting out his congratulations to the Spaniard, I wasn’t a fan of their actions towards the final holes of Sunday’s round.

As the two sat on the 15th tee box, Rose had a two-stroke lead over Garcia. After Garcia sank his eagle putt and Rose made his birdie putt the two walked off the 15th green tied at nine under.

Just before the two left the green, they gave each other a high-five. I have no problem with them acknowledging each other’s putts but do it in a different way.

Give each other a tip of the hat or just say, “nice putt.”

Fast forward to the 72nd hole. After Garcia and Rose hit perfect drives down the middle of the fairway they gave each other another high-five as they walked off the tee.

Again, I don’t care if you say, “nice drive Sergio,” or “that’ll play nicely Justin,” just don’t give them a high-five.

The two were almost too comfortable around each other throughout the final round.

Did Garcia purposely miss that putt on 18? Hell, no but I don’t think Garcia felt enough pressure to make the putt.

If he and Rose would’ve been more distant during the round I definitely think Garcia would’ve felt more heat as he tried to sneak that putt into the hole and possibly putting a ‘must must make’ label on it.

Ten (four) things I know I know that you probably don’t know:

  1. Remember the quarterback that led Alabama to two BCS national championships? Yeah, Cincinnati Bengals backup quarterback AJ McCarron is opening a sushi restaurant in Tuscaloosa.

McCarron will be the co-owner of the sushi restaurant that will open June 1. I think this is a brilliant idea. The Bengals will never move on from Andy Dalton, so McCarron might as well start making some more money on top of the money he’s already making from the AFC North team.

2. Nobody knows who the Cleveland Browns are going to take with the No. 1 pick. I don’t even think the Browns know but the selection is easy.

Take former Texas A&M defensive lineman Myles Garrett. The 21-year-old is a beast even when he’s not in a football uniform or gym clothes. I actually didn’t know Field Yates was that tiny.

3.  Let’s face it, the NBA regular season doesn’t matter. Eighty-two games is a lot even though there are professional athletes playing the game. An article came out early today saying that the Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey thinks the NBA should follow the NFL’s model.

Morey said that a 40 game season spread out to two games per week for 20 weeks would be more exciting and I have to agree. Cutting the season in half would most likely get rid of the resting star players problem. And the regular season would actually matter.

Morey also said that he thinks the postseason should be one to three game series. That would make playoff series so dramatic. If the playoffs started today the Golden State Warriors would take on the No. 8 seed Portland Trail Blazers. Just imagine if the Trail Blazers won the first game in the series, the Warriors would be playing their hearts out in the final two games. I get the money issue. Fewer games equal less money and all that jazz but at some point, the NBA (and the other three major sports) need to do something drastic to make the sport(s) more watchable.

4. I guarantee you didn’t know that Johannesburg, the city that Ernie Els is from was located in Iowa. Yes, it was just a classic ESPN intern mistake but how do you accidentally put Johannesburg, Iowa and South Africa on the same line on a graphic?

The Pacemaker: coming next Monday. 

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